Swift and Def Leppard team up for Crossroads

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In a very unlikely collaboration, country starlet Taylor Swift and 80’s hair rockers Def Leppard will come together in the latest installment of the popular performance series, CMT Crossroads. The show, which was filmed at the Acuff Theater in Nashville on October 6, premieres tonight at 9 p.m. on CMT. In the show, the two sing together hits from both catalogs such as Swift’s "Our Song" and "Love Story" and Def Leppard’s "Pour Some Sugar on Me" and "Photograph."
For Swift, it was her dream collaboration when first approached by CMT to participate in Crossroads. The 18-year-old singer grew up listening to the band because her mother was a big fan.
For Def Leppard, their country ties are a little bit bigger than most would imagine. The band’s longtime producer, Robert "Mutt" Lange, was married to Shania Twain and drummer Rick Allen and is brother to Tim McGraw’s tour manager. The latter connection led to the band collaborating with Tim McGraw on "Nine Lives", a track off their most recent release Songs from the Sparkle Lounge. When it came to accepting the Crossroads invitation, the band did a quick Google search and realized that how successful Swift has been despite her age. It took a year to track down a date, but the band has said they were delighted to make it happen.

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